Australia announced on Thursday that it would allocate 3,800 million Australian dollars ($2,509 million or 2,272 million euros) for Australia over the next four years. Modernizing its military bases in the north of the country as part of a strategic defense plan amid rising diplomatic tensions with China.
In a statement released today, Australian Defense Minister Richard Marles said these bases “are a huge and important asset to Australia’s launch capability”.
This money will be used to increase capacity Landing strips and platforms of northern air basesAccording to the text, as well as the supply and storage of fuel, the accommodation and protection of troops.
The Canberra executive believes the Australian military should be “optimized” for coastal operations in its north coast land and sea locations, the closest region to Asia and its potential for “long-range attack”, the note adds.
Allocated funds to northern bases as well It will provide support to the Air Force in surveillance, defence, attack and air transport operations.
Another day earlier given about this Thursday’s announcement The production of guided missiles and the acquisition of more long-range attack systems are planned in the next two years. To increase their accurate range, measures that meant cutting other military spending, such as armored weapons.
These measures to modernize the armed forces are part of a plan announced on Monday to implement a major defense reform in the face of the “era of missiles”, cyber warfare and threats beyond the country’s borders.
This plan is the answer to a Defense Strategic Review which made a series of recommendations, Among them, the network of Australian bases, ports and barracks, such as those on Cocos Island, in the country’s north-west, or Darwin, where the 2,500 US Marines rotate, are urgently modernised.
part of australia TreatyWhich links it to the United States and the United Kingdom, whose maritime country details about the purchase and development of nuclear-powered submarines were announced last month.
The Canberra executive estimates that the implementation of the review’s recommendations, which include cuts to other military spending such as armored vehicles for the army, will amount to around 19,000 million Australian dollars ($12,542 million or 11,356 million euros) in the next three years. four years.